Over-praising our children

The other day, I assisted a presentation given by my daughter at her school. The presentation was on rabbits and she had been working on it for months. Her partner in crime, one of her best friends, happened to be sick that day, so a nice young man stepped in and helped her out. IContinue reading “Over-praising our children”

I Solemnly Swear to be a Hands Off Parent

It is that time of year again, where the kids go back to school. And for the sake of my sanity and consequently my family’s sanity, I have made a few new school year resolutions for myself: 1) On pain of death, I will not volunteer for a parent committee. The cost of whiskey isContinue reading “I Solemnly Swear to be a Hands Off Parent”

Disturbing Kiddie Trends and Why I don’t like Sleepovers

Last weekend we had two of our daughter’s friends sleep over at our place. Usually I wouldn’t do that, have to kids over at once, mainly because I hate sleepovers which force you to deal with the random whims of other people’s kids. But it just so happened that two of our friends were inContinue reading “Disturbing Kiddie Trends and Why I don’t like Sleepovers”

Psycho mama, qu’est-ce- que c’est?

Yesterday, my daughter and I went on our first bike ride together. She has just learned to ride, and we thought we would take the bikes to go the video store. It was supposed to be a fun time. An empowering time for her. After all, this was her first real big foray other thanContinue reading “Psycho mama, qu’est-ce- que c’est?”

Mom, I feel like I am never doing enough…

This is what my oldest daughter told me this week. It was after her busy day, when we only get home at eight o’clock after an hour and a half of ballet practice. She was lying in her bed and I was tucking her in. All of a sudden she whispers, “Mom, I feel badContinue reading “Mom, I feel like I am never doing enough…”